T-Mobile to Release Software Update With LTE and Visual Voicemail Support for Unlocked iPhones on April 5

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  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    TmoNews reports that T-Mobile USA has issued an internal memo announcing that it will release a new carrier update on April 5 that will add LTE support for unlocked iPhones running on its network. The update will also bring Visual Voicemail and other features to the devices.
    The software update for existing handsets will come one week before T-Mobile officially begins offering the iPhone, although it has for a number of years catered to iPhone users seeking to bring their unlocked devices to the carrier.

    While existing T-Mobile customers using unlocked iPhones will be able to access LTE speeds in just a handful of cities, the carrier is working on rapidly building out its LTE network. Existing users will also continue to have some limitations on network access, as Apple will be releasing a tweaked iPhone 5 as part of the T-Mobile launch, with the new hardware providing full compatibility with T-Mobile's network including AWS Band 4 frequencies that are unsupported by iPhone devices sold to date.

    Band 4 is where much of T-Mobile's 3G network is housed, an issue that has long forced iPhone users on the carrier to fall back to slower EDGE networks on Band 2. T-Mobile has been working hard to shift its 3G network over to Band 2 to provide greater 3G compatibility for existing customers, but the transition is not yet complete.

    Article Link: T-Mobile to Release Software Update With LTE and Visual Voicemail Support for Unlocked iPhones on April 5
  2. daneoni macrumors G4


    Mar 24, 2006
    Always found it weird that more carriers didn't/haven't jump on the Visual Voicemail train. Such a useful feature. Ditto for HD Voice.
  3. Am3r1ca16 macrumors 6502a


    Jul 17, 2012
    New York City
    they beat me to it! Was about to post this as well.
  4. madsci954 macrumors 68030

    Oct 14, 2011
    Friday cannot come soon enough! :D VVM is the one thing I miss from AT&T.
  5. Ryth macrumors 65816

    Apr 21, 2011
    5s is probably right around the corner in June...probably waiting before I make the switch over to TM.
  6. viperGTS macrumors 65816

    Nov 15, 2010
    Hopefully this update fixes the signal issues I've been having as of recent. I keep dropping to "no service." :(
  7. DarwinOSX macrumors 65816

    Nov 3, 2009
    Apple requires carriers to include it at no additional cost. Others, like Android devices, don't, so companies like Verizon charge for Visual Voicemail. Apple also doesn't allow carrier bloatware or branding on their phones unlike Android which is festooned with logos and a crazy amount of bloatware. Verizon even put their logo on the home button of the Note 2


    Not sure how people can live with T-Mobile coverage unless its great where you live and you don't travel much. Whatever Verizon's faults are coverage isn't one of them. Especially LTE which nobody is even close to them on including AT&T.
  8. b.inazawa-fan macrumors member

    Apr 2, 2013
  9. britboyj macrumors 6502a

    Apr 8, 2009
    T-Mobile is making a good case to steal me away when my Verizon contract expires... The important questions are:

    1. Will they unlock my phone while I'm on a payment plan, if I travel overseas?
    2. Is tethering included in their LTE Unlimited?
    3. What's their LTE Network performance like?
  10. viperGTS macrumors 65816

    Nov 15, 2010
  11. vmachiel macrumors 68000

    Feb 15, 2011
    Cool. I've called with HD-voice, it's actually noticeable. Well.. if you go back to normal quality that is. Kinda like if you go back to a non-retina 9 inch iPad if you used a retina one for a while.
  12. alphaod macrumors Core


    Feb 9, 2008
    Okay, so it won't require an OS upgrade. That's good.

    If you look at their plans everything includes tethering. Verizon iPhone 5s already come unlocked, but they don't work on 3G on T-Mobile.

    As for network performance, on compatible devices T-Mobile feels pretty good. I mean if the minuscule difference between LTE and HSPA+ browsing Facebook or your favorite site really is going to make a difference.
  13. wkadamsjr macrumors 6502

    Jun 29, 2010
    Obviously speed does not concern you. Maybe Verizon hits more markets (for now), but AT&T is much faster. And if you aren't on LTE, look out. Data speeds drop off considerably on Verizon. In fact, Verizon is the slowest of the four major US carriers in non-LTE markets.
  14. extricated macrumors 6502


    Jul 14, 2011
    This is good stuff.
    I am poised and ready to dump AT&T as soon as my contract is up.
  15. writingdevil, Apr 2, 2013
    Last edited: Apr 2, 2013

    writingdevil macrumors 6502

    Feb 11, 2010
    I was in TM store in Hollywood Friday and they said it won't be unlocked until it's paid for. I wanted it for film job in Austria, where nano-sim chip is dirt cheap compared to roaming.
    Tethering comes with all other plans up to their limit, but only 500 mb with unlimited, but you can buy more @ USD10/2gb/month.
    Check it out: https://www.t-mobile.com/shop/plans/individual-plans.aspx

    Edit: Actually, despite what guy said in store, TM phone customer service says they will, after two months service, unlock for Euro nano-sim card
  16. Westside guy macrumors 601

    Westside guy

    Oct 15, 2003
    The soggy side of the Pacific NW
    I used to think this, but over the past few years I've come to realize I almost never get voice calls anymore.

    Pretty much everyone is texting nowadays... even my 76 year old mom.
  17. Nermal Moderator


    Staff Member

    Dec 7, 2002
    New Zealand
    The new hardware adds WCDMA 1700 (what T-Mobile calls "4G"). The existing hardware already supports LTE Band 4 and just needs the update.
  18. JPark macrumors 6502a

    Jun 5, 2006
    I haven't done a direct comparison, but I can't believe it's slower than Sprint's non-LTE (assuming no Wi-Max, which iPhone doesn't support and which Sprint is killing off). Sprint's 3G is slower than AT&T's Edge.
  19. SkippyThorson macrumors 65816


    Jul 22, 2007
    Utica, NY
    YouMail, my friend. YouMail. Amazing App; among my favorite in the App Store.
  20. lowbatteries macrumors regular

    Mar 21, 2008
    what about ST?

    I wish Straight Talk would do this. I have my AT&T iPhone running on ST and having to do a hacky SIM-card swap or jailbreak just to get the MMS settings right is a pain.
  21. gatearray macrumors 65816

    Apr 24, 2010
    great news if you live in the sticks!

    4G LTE Initial Market launches 3/26/2013
    Las Vegas, NV
    Phoenix, AZ
    San Jose, CA
    Houston, TX
    Washington D.C.
    Kansas City, MO
    Baltimore, MD

    yep, that's it. :)
  22. dewthedru macrumors regular

    Nov 22, 2010
    I'm confused. If I buy a Tmobile IP5 today, will it be updated via the update to run on the T-Mobile LTE and 3G? Or LTE and just Edge when LTE isn't available? Or do I need to wait until April 12th as per the other threads?
  23. madsci954 macrumors 68030

    Oct 14, 2011
    The official Tmo iPhone wont go on sale until the 12th with pre-orders on the 5th. That model will work on all Tmo bands from 3G to LTE. This coming update on the 5th will add support to current iPhones, giving proper MMS and LTE connections. If you have an iPhone 5 currently on Tmo, you still cannot get on their 3G if your area has not been refarmed, you still would have to buy the new one.
  24. Ryth macrumors 65816

    Apr 21, 2011
    Works great in the NOVA/DC area. Just went on a road trip from VA to MN...didn't have any issues the whole trip.

    To each their own.


    I highly doubt they will unlock it. Only way will be to buy the phone upfront.
  25. Tiger8 macrumors 68020

    May 23, 2011
    No Love for Nokia Lumia 810

    T-Mo was supposed to push software update for Nokia Lumia 810, but decided against it last minute.

    Maybe because Windows 8 phone is already doomed? (just like Windows 7, Windows 7.5)?

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